Wednesday, September 29, 2010

thinking in the abstract

My students' reading comprehension quiz for today was on a chapter they read about research and using sources, including online databases.  Question number 5, what I thought was a gimme, was "What is an abstract?"

The answers were awesome.  I was in awe.

Q:  What is an abstract?
A: An abstract is something out of the ordinary.
Not too bad, I thought...at least they were thinking of one sense of the word.

Q: What is an abstract?
A: An abstract is a unique way to quote an author.
Getting cooler.


Q: What is an abstract?
A: An abstract is a way of writing that doesn't reveal everything but keeps the reader interested.
Ha!  Close, but no cigar.

Q: What is an abstract?

A: An abstract is an interview with a professional in the field.
Hmmmm...  Is that what is wrong with the nightly news?

Q: What is an abstract?
A: An abstract is going outside of the box to create your own idea.
Nope, but you tried hard.

Q: What is an abstract?

A: An abstract is a piece of writing that is off topic or vague.
Oof. Cute, but way, way wrong.

This is why it's called a reading comprehension quiz, and not just a reading quiz.  Of course, doing the reading wouldn't hurt, either.  :)  Which one of these is your favorite??  Or do you know the answer?!  I'm looking for some doozies. :)

1 comment:

Rita Meggers said...

Abstract - Summary or overview of a text, article or speech, which includes the "bones" of the methodology or experimentation/research, conclusions and resulting thoughts.

Or....a really cool painting of nothing in particular but which probably hangs in a museum somewhere, um, like the Louvre, or Dennison, Tx or something. Yeah. (chews gum)